101 Family Day Trips from Vancouver | Kids Out and About Vancouver

101 Family Day Trips from Vancouver

 

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Vancouver. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

 

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Get Wild on a Hike

   Lynn Canyon Park
 Burnaby Mountain
 Deep Cove Trails
 Pacific Spirit Park

 

Time Travel Today

  Vancouver Maritime Museum
Old Hastings Mill Store Museum
Vancouver Police Museum
Burnaby Village Museum
Fort Langley National Historic Site
Craigdarroch Castle

 

Make Life a Beach

English Bay Beach
Kitsilano Beach
Locarno Beach
Sunset Beach
Third Beach
Jericho Beach
Spanish Banks Beach

 

Splash into Some Water Fun

Variety Kids Water Park
  Cultus Lake Waterpark
Big Splash Water Slide Park
Granville Island Water Park
Watermania

 

Spend the Day at a Museum

   H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
 Science World
 Vancouver Art Gallery
 Britannia Mine Museum
Museum of Vancouver

 

Explore These Cities

  Squamish
Whistler
White Rock
Victoria
Pemberton
New Westminster
Maple Ridge

 

All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  The Canadian Museum of Flight
MacSailing
Burnaby Central Railway
Railway Heritage Museum
False Creek Ferries
Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres
The Vancouver Trolley Company
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Deeley Exhibition

 

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Gagan Farm Market and Petting Zoo
Driediger Farms
North Arm Farm
CanWest Farms
Chilliwack Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Willow View Farms

 

Play Ball!

  BC Sports Hall of Fame
BC Lions
Vancouver Canadians
Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

 

Treat Yo' Self

  La Casa Gelato International Ice Cream
Bella Gelateria
Marble Slab Creamery
Qoola
The Candy Aisle
Karameller Candy Shop

 

Connect with Nature

Sea to Sky Gondola
Bloedel Conservatory
  UBC Botanical Garden
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Park & Tilford Gardens
The Butchart Gardens

 

Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

   Playland at the PNE
   FlyOver Canada

 

Talk to the Animals

  Greater Vancouver Zoo
Maplewood Farm
Vancouver Aquarium
Capilano River Hatchery
The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Prince of Whales Whale Watching
O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society

 

Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver-Museum and Archives
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Italian Cultural Centre
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Japanese Canadian National Museum

 

Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Crystal Falls
Cypress Falls Park
Twin Falls
  Cascade Falls Regional Park
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park

 

Get Active Indoors

   6 Pack Beach
 Richmond Olympic Experience
 Extreme Air
 The Great Escape
The Edge Climbing Centre
Cliffhanger

 

Challenge Yourself

  Whistler Blackcomb
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Lockdown Escape
Grouse Mountain Zipline
Time Escape

 

Shop Your Heart Out

   The Granville Island Toy Company
 Kaboodles Toy Store
 Kidsbooks
 Camelot Kids

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!


Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Vancouver. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away